Out of Eden

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at 9:41 am by JTE

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I support the use of biodiesel. But as with every good idea, it falls short of being a panacaea. I’ve argued with some biodiesel proponents who are so interested in finding alternatives to petroleum that they seem willing to ignore the negatives that can come from biodiesel. Common Dreams relays an article on one of those — the threatening extinction of orangutans resulting from expansion of palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s not that the palm oil is being used primarily for biodiesel, but as biodiesel grows as an industry, it is more and more likely to be a part of growing demand for palm oil. Gotta keep the big picture in mind.

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